Temple Beth El proudly maintains very high standards of excellence in our B’nai Mitzvah program. Our students excel in mastering skills that will not only serve them on their Bar or Bat Mitzvah day, but will remain with them throughout their journey as adult Jewish members of the community.
Preparing for a young person’s B’nai Mitzvah is a process that begins in third grade as our children master Hebrew and learn their first prayers. Family workshops, prayer comprehension, service attendance and weekly t’fillah study leads up to the year B’nei Mitzvah begin their formal tutoring.
Our students meet with Student Cantor approximately seven months before their date and chose their verses from their Torah portion. Using their TBE Bar/Bat Mitzvah Handbook, CDs of their Torah and Haftarah, their siddur, and Torah booklet they have individual weekly tutoring sessions with Student Cantor and our B’nai Mitzvah Assistant, Barbara Stambler. Our congregant, Marlowe Marcus generously volunteers tutoring time with many of our students who would like additional help. In addition to studying prayers and Torah cantillation, they also each dedicate significant time to doing mitzvot: completing an eighteen hour Mitzvah Project and 13 Mitzvot packet. Finally, they study their Torah portion with Rabbi Widzer in preparation to write a teaching (d’var Torah) for their service.
On their Bar/Bat Mitzvah day, our students lead the entire prayer service, chant both Torah and Haftarah passages and offer a d’var Torah. They are our teachers and our role models! These students know that by becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah they have reached a significant milestone in their Jewish journey, but that it is only a step in their life long Jewish education. Many of our B’nai Mitzvah go on to our high school Kadimah program and Confirmation, teach in our Madrichim program, join our temple youth group (BEETY) and come back to chant on the bima as part of the TBE Torah Corp. And the journey continues… Click here for Parents’ Handbook.
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